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CMA Shipping
38th Annual Expo & Conference
March 21-23, 2023Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

David J. Farrell, Jr.
Partner at Farrell Smith O'Connell Aarsheim Aprans LLP


An admiralty lawyer since 1984, Attorney Dave Farrell's passion for maritime commerce began in high school when he worked at a Cape Cod boatyard. He ran a tour boat during college summers and later fished commercially up to 100 miles offshore in 30-36 foot vessels. He also has time at sea on tugs, ferries, container ships, and oil tankers.

Having personally evaded multiple maritime casualties, Attorney Farrell’s practice primarily involves litigating them, typically for the defense on appointment by marine insurers, international and domestic. Because in our business evidence can disappear with the ebbing tide, our office is available 24/7 to attend casualty scenes, appoint marine surveyors and forensic experts, and deal with government authorities so cases can be intelligently managed with positive results for our client from the outset.

With trial and appellate court victories from Alaska to New England, Attorney Farrell is a frequent speaker and author on maritime law and public policy and is recognized as a leading maritime law expert on the Offshore Wind Industry and the Jones Act. Proudly serving 2020-2022 as President of The Maritime Law Association of the United States, Attorney Farrell was recently presented the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant's Distinguished Public Service Award.

A Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International, Attorney Farrell also serves as an advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. International Maritime Organization.

Agenda Sessions

  • US Offshore Wind Jones Act Opportunities

  • Insurance & Risk Management Round Table